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Post date: January 26 2000

Brooklyn Woman Sentenced For Theft Of Medicaid Funds And Dispensing Drugs Without A License

State Attorney General Spitzer today announced the sentencing of a woman for illegally collecting thousands of dollars in Medicaid funds while dispensing drugs without a license from a pharmacy she owned in Brooklyn. Vladislava Shevchenko, also known as Vladislava Frank, will serve a minimum of two and a maximum of six years in prison.

The sentence was imposed late yesterday by Justice Lawrence Knipel of Brooklyn Supreme Court, where Frank was convicted in December of 1999. Frank, 49, of 1744 East 53rd St. in Brooklyn, was found guilty after a two week jury trial of one count of Grand Larceny in the third degree, one count of Practicing a Profession without a License, and six counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the first degree, all felonies. She was sentenced to 2-6 years for the Grand Larceny charge and 1-3 years for the remaining charges. Under state law, the sentences must be served concurrently.

"We are satisfied that the sentence reflects the seriousness of the crime," said Spitzer. "Frank put greed before the public's safety when she illegally dispensed prescription medications to her clients, most of them elderly, putting their lives at risk."

The defendant owned J & B Pharmacy, 2807 Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn, where she illegally dispensed hundreds of prescriptions from March 1996 to June 1997 and accepted Medicaid reimbursements for prescription medications, even though she was not a licensed pharmacist.

The case was referred to Spitzer's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit for criminal prosecution by the New York State Department of Education.

The case was tried by Special Assistant Attorneys General Michael R. Berlowitz and Kiran Heer. All cases handled by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit are under the direct supervision of Deputy Attorney General Jose Maldonado.